Skeptics Gone Wild: Navigating America’s Conspiracy Theory Culture
But trying to explain away anyone’s specific conspiracy belief, or conspiratorial thinking in general, misses the point—the point being that there’s no longer anything especially irrational about believing that shadowy actors are subverting American democracy. Think of that CIA dispatch, advocating a propaganda campaign against the suspicious. Picture the president, slumped forward in the back seat of his limousine, a bullet through his neck. As he lays dying something new is being born, a creeping miasma of suspicion that will spread across Dallas, across Texas, across America. [more inside]
Don't continue fooling yourself
. The earth is growing and expanding rapidly. Despite plate tectonics' popular acceptance in the 60s, Samuel Warren Carey
, the father of modern expansion tectonics, was publicly promoting his theories of an expanded earth
as late as 1981. One of the theory's most prominent modern spokesmen is comics artist Neal Adams
, who has created a number of informative videos
about a new model of the universe
that even manages to explain why the dinosaurs died out
. [more inside]
, the center of the conspiracy theorist's
universe was the Kennedy Assassination
. And probably the definitive statement on the ridiculousness of the conspiracy theories of that era was the Illuminatus! Trilogy[warning, the entire several hundred page novel in PDF]
, published in 1975 and written by two Playboy editors
at the height of the era of flower power
. It drew on many sources
, but most distinctively, it drew from a little public domain
pamphlet called The Principia Discordia
. Many people know the catch phrases (Fnord
! Hail Eris
!), but not many people know the authors' very real connections to the Kennedy Assassination. [more inside]
Matt Taibbi vs. David Ray Griffin
Taibbi, to whose writing Metafilter frequently links, and who is currently on retainer at Rolling Stone
, takes on Griffin, who is perhaps the most prominent member of the so-called "9/11 Truth Movement," in a knock-down, drag-out multiple-round bout (in three parts). Part II
. Part III
"Alienshifter is the one who takes the Oath in order to uphold and defend Humanity and their Rights in any contact with Alien or Extraterrestrial beings in addition to represent the Earth in contact and communication with Star Visitors from all other Planets or in the Council of the Worlds and Federation of Planets." Alienshift
is an eclectic conspiracy site, exploring such subjects as islamic ufology
, the pole shift of 2012
, Edgar Cayce
as well as the more expected fare, UFO videos
and the bible code
. That is only the tip of the iceberg. Lots and lots of youtube videos grace the site of this New Hope for Humanity
Electrical lighting conspiracy theories can be paranoid
, downright bizarre
, or actually pretty reasonable
Blaming Everyone But the Terrorists
| Portland journalist Michael Totten vents on the Portland Indymedia crew who blamed Bush for attacks on London. On Friday, Kos banned a handful of his more conspiracy-minded followers
for the same reasons: "I have a high tolerance level for material I deem appropriate for this site, but one thing I REFUSE to allow is bullshit conspiracy theories. I can't imagine what fucking world these people live in, but it sure ain't the Reality Based Community." This Seattle Times article
indicates even some young British Muslims agree: "Obviously the media is saying that Muslims did it, but I think it was a conspiracy by Tony Blair and George Bush," said Olle Rahaman, 32, a husband and father who, like the other men, was born in London of Bangladeshi parents. "An excuse to say, 'Let's go kick some ass.' "
William Bowles of GlobalResearch.ca talks about the use of agent provocateurs
and the 'suspicious nature' of the bombings.
Bush's suit bulge revisited:
Originally it was thought to be a hidden radio prompter
(that Bush laughed off
in an interview). Others speculated it was a bullet proof vest
, and maybe troutfishing almost got it right
. So now, the latest theory is a portable defibrillator
Is the president as healthy as they'd want us to believe?
The Road to Tyranny
(Realvideo). A sensational and informative film by Alex Jones
. Ignore the presentation, or, consider it entertainment if you wish, but there's some pretty good content in there including some surprising news footage from the aftermath of the OKC bombing 19 minutes in.
"At some time in the past, according to both [redacted] and [redacted] the President suffered what one of his aides called "a very minor seizure" and as a result of this, the President has a very difficult time following any unscripted conversations."
Note: this link comes from a rather conspiratorial website [another source], but claims to be a report from a reporter with White House access. [/caveat] Via Easybakecoven.
Saddam's spiderhole photo was taken in August,
? The fruit on the date palm behind the soldier is yellow
. Date fruit grows from March-August (see 'Iraq' in table 23)
and is harvested in early fall. Dates are yellow (ie. just ripened) in August
, not December. I'm not invoking conspiracy - I'm just asking: what gives?
I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't even play one on TV. But every once in a while, I run across the website of one of these individuals that, in its own way, at least appears to make sense
. Using photos from the US Army, the DOD and the US Marine Corps., this English translation of a French site asks, "Can you
find the Boeing 757 that 'crashed' into the Pentagon on 9/11/01?" [Linked page scrolls to the right, not down as one might expect...]
NASA Challenges Moon Hoax Conspiracy
After decades of almost ignoring claims that the Apollo missions were hoaxed, NASA commissioned aerospace writer James Olberg
to write an official rebuttle. Perhaps a bit more reasonable than the NASA Stooge
, the book is aimed at the general public.
The Political Graveyard
-- It all started innocently enough.....I was reading a piece by a professor of media and journalism studies who wondered: Was Paul Wellstone murdered?"
and cited an unusual number of democrats who had died in plane crashes. Was it true, I wondered? -- My search led me to The Political Graveyard
, with it's endless categorizations of the details in the deaths of US politicians. Deaths by religious affiliation, politicians killed by poison or gunfights, opium overdoses or car crashes. But was it true? Yes, the site seemed to confirm the deaths (for the last 3 decades or so) of a statistically anomalous number of national democratic politicians (sitting or running for office) in plane crashes....but the site just grabbed me and wouldn't let me leave: Charles Tillinghast James (1805-1862): died while making his own cannon, Richard Ellis (1781-1846): died when his clothes suddenly caught fire, Thomas Caute Reynolds (1821-1887): killed himself by leaping down an elevator shaft, Sidney Theodore Roebuck (1901-1982): died from RAT poison, and MY FAVORITE, Elmer Severson (1922-1999), who died from spinal cord injuries he lost a "tussle with a cow"
such a mystery? Help needed! (old news, new information?)
OK, I'm going to try and do this without naming names...
The British troops in Afghanistan have been struck down by a mystery illness
recently, with an investigation finding that the illness was just a "winter vomiting
I've heard different.
The source may have been an Al Qaeda terrorist who had been captured.
The 'mystery illness' may have been caught when the British or US government used biological warfare to make it easier to find and capture members of Al Qaeda.
Can anyone help verify this? I should stress I only have word of mouth from a friend of a friend. All very speculative, but I've not been able to find anything else on this... yet...
I expect crackpot theories about Sept. 11 from the French and the Middle East. But when a U.S. House Representative
starts peddling one
, that's depressing. (Note the smug, carefully worded "I don't have any evidence but an investigation might find some" call for a fishing expedition.) I value healthy skepticism, but this sounds to me more like grandstanding for attention.
A Refreshing Change of Pace for everyone with an opinion about Isreal/Palestine. The Middle East Conflict - Has it Been Engineered by Extremist Rightwing Christians and Zionists Hoping to "Force" the "Rapture"?
Sounds crazy, looks crazy...but the suggestions are not made on the basis of paranoia alone, unfortunately. The fact that the Americans involved are very religious (and Isreal being the location of a few scheduled divine appearances) is an obviously important but consistantly avoided side of this pile of conflict. So how crazy is this article? Isn't it just a bit naïve to think this is just a big property argument with some jewish/muslim tension thrown in? Hey, as long as we can't decide whether Arafat or Sharon is worse than the other, we may as well discuss something else in the meantime...or discuss something totally unrelated
in this thread, for a refreshing change of pace
(From the reputable, extensive and fascinating news website, unknownnews.net)
Was the fix in on 9/11?
My guess is if the accusations the author makes are true we'll never know, but if just one of them is true...
the Red Herring digs into the X-Files-esque Carlyle Group, that connects the Bushes, bin Ladens, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and on and on. How serious is the conflict of interest? And does this investigation by a business magazine make the conspiracy nuts
seem any less nutty?
Oliver Stone has Bin Laden conspiracy theory.
When asked what source of information could be trusted, Stone reportedly replied: "Believe my stuff."
Who killed John O'Neill?
If the lads on the Right have their Vince Foster "mystery" death, the folks on the Left now have their John O'Neill "story."
Is the Bush Administration complicit in hiding the source of the anthrax
? An interesting theory with intriguing, albeit rather weak, evidence is presented. What do you guys think?
What really happened in the week before the attacks in reguards to a Pakistani Inteligence visit with CIA officials.
Fact or Fiction?
You decide. But before you discount it as ranting conspiracy theory, read it all and really think about it. Then consider the new executive order
issued today by the White House.
One for the conspiracy theorists?
On 7th of September, Governor Jeb Bush signed Executive Order 01-261, revising his powers to call up the Florida National Guard "in the event of civil disturbances or natural disasters", citing as one of its concerns "the potential massive damage to life and property that may result from an act of terrorism at a Florida port". Four days later, after the WTC attacks, his very next Executive Order declared a State of Emergency and activated the National Guard under those revised powers
. (It's still in place.) Now, we all know that the President was in the coastal city of Sarasota, Florida on the morning of the 11th, and we also know that Disney World closed its doors as a precaution after the attacks... so, coincidence? (Picked up from media-squatters
Did the Hell's Angels do it?
It could have been the landlord
. Or is it just hoax
? We could take the advice of a professional astrologer
or a psychic
or maybe the answer lies encoded in the Bible
? Or is it just a Republican plot
to discredit a Democrat and bolster Bush's "dismal approval rating" (which is currently only 12 points higher than Clinton's was at the same point in his presidency
.) No! The Democrats framed him because of his conservative views
! What about the Mossad
? Maybe you can locate her body in this aerial photograph
There are just HOURS of fun to be had over at ChandraLevy.com - a very unofficial clearinghouse for information on the ongoing investigation into her disappearance which bears little resemblance to the staid demeanor of findchandra.org.
My favorite? Where is Ted Kennedy's car right now anyway? Just in case. You check the Potomac, I'll look in the tidal basin...
As conspiracy rumors go, this is a doozy: World Oil Magazine
is hearing from its Mid East sources that the Arab states are so angry with Gore's choice of a Jewish running mate that they're going to cut back production in the hopes of swinging the election to Bush. I'm sure the Gore team gave plenty of thought as to how Lieberman would play in Peoria, but I wonder if they considered how much he would antagonize Damascus?